Improved Controls on Smuggling in Guatemala

During the first month of the intervention in customs offices improvements have been noted in customs revenue.

Friday, December 6, 2013

According to Claudia Méndez, Intendent of Customs, customs revenue rose from a daily average of $7.7 million to $8.5 million. He added that last November nearly 20,000 operational actions at the customs offices in Tecum Uman, port of Quetzal, Santo Tomas de Castilla Port and Pedro de Alvarado were carried out.

"We have made a small step, of course, we have much to do, but 2014 will be the year of the harvest, in terms of curbing tax evasion," said Vice President Roxana Baldetti.

For his part, president Otto Perez explained to that without the intervention evasion in customs would have been up to $381,000 a day. "Easily we would have had more than $15 million of evaded taxes - in three months. In customs, throughout the year, we would have lost between $89 million and $101 million," he added.

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